The Belfast bantamweight, a division historically dominated by Mexicans, fights on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena on July 30th and will take on Cesar Ramirez [12(6)-2(1)]
Hailing from the Central Mexican province of Nayarit, Ramirez brings with him a respectable record and hopefully a gritty testing style.
Ramirez’s two losses came against unbeaten opposition, most recently last year to Aaron Alameda in a competitive points decision.
The 28 year old’s other loss, a second round stoppage, came in 2012 to a certain Alejandro Gonzalez Jr who Irish fans will remember, vividly, from his fight against Carl Frampton in El Paso last Summer.
Next week’s bout is the first in a planned run of four fights that will end in Burnett holding a World title. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has further clashes planned for the 24 year old in September and December before a World title clash in his home city next Spring.
Burnett is the current British bantamweight champion, having defeated Jason Booth last November, as well as holding the WBO European and WBC International ranking-enhancing trinkets.
The fight against Ramirez will be for the WBC International strap.